United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Safety Requirements

This page lists the discussions of the safety requirements for effluent and environmental monitoring and a list of the NRC and EPA Regulatory Requirements.

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NRC Regulatory Requirements

  • 10 CFR Part 20, Standards for Protection Against Radiation.

  • 10 CFR 50.34a, Design objectives for equipment to control releases of radioactive material in effluents - nuclear power reactors.

  • 10 CFR 50.36a, Technical specifications on effluents from nuclear power reactors.

  • 10 CFR 50.72, Immediate notification requirements for operating nuclear power reactors.

  • 10 CFR 50.73, Licensee event report system.

  • 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix A; Design Criteria 60, Control of Releases of Radioactive Materials to the Environment.

  • 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix A; Design Criteria 64, Monitoring Radioactivity Releases.

  • 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix I, Numerical Guides for Design Objectives and Limiting Conditions for Operation to Meet the Criterion "As Low As Is Reasonably Achievable" for Radioactive Material in Light-Water-Cooled Nuclear Power Reactor Effluents. (40 FR 19437 as an effective rule on May 5, 1975)

  • Regulatory Guide 1.109, Calculation of Annual Doses to Man from Routine Releases of Reactor Effluents for the Purpose of Evaluating Compliance with 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix I (Rev. 1, 10/75).

  • Regulatory Guide 1.21, Measuring, Evaluating, and Reporting Radioactivity in Solid Wastes and Releases of Radioactive Materials in Liquid and Gaseous Effluents from Light-Water-Cooled Nuclear Power Plants. (Rev. 1, 6/74)

  • Regulatory Guide 1.143, Design Guidance for Radioactive Waste Management Systems, Structures, and Components Installed in Light-Water-Cooled Nuclear Power Plants. (Rev. 2, 11/01)

  • Regulatory Guide 4.1, Programs for Monitoring Radioactivity in the Environs of Nuclear Power Plants. (1/73)

  • Regulatory Guide 4.2, Preparation of Environmental Reports for Nuclear Power Stations. (Rev. 2, 7/76)

  • Regulatory Guide 4.8, Environmental Technical Specifications for Nuclear Power Plants (12/75) and Branch Technical Position (Rev. 1, 11/79; specific to environmental monitoring program).

  • Regulatory Guide 4.15, Quality Assurance for Radiological Monitoring Program (Normal Operation) - Effluent Streams and the Environment.

  • NUREG-0472, Radiological Effluent Technical Specifications for PWRs. (2/80)

  • NUREG-0473, Radiological Effluent Technical Specifications for BWRs. (7/79)

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EPA Regulations

  • 40 CFR Part 190, Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations. (1/77)

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, May 10, 2013